March 21, 2023

Mann Ki Baat: PM Modi pays tribute to Group Capt Varun Singh; says we have to enter 2022 with responsibility of defeating Covid | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on Sunday on his 84th, which was the last episode of the year, of his radio broadcast ‘Mann Ki Baat‘.
PM Modi on fight against Covid
The Prime Minister said individual alertness and discipline are a big strength of the country in the fight against Omicron, the new variant of Covid-19.
Individual alertness and discipline are a “big strength” of the country in the fight against the new variant of coronavirus, he said.
“It is our collective strength which will defeat Covid and we have to enter 2022 with this sense of responsibility,” he said.
Vaccination milestone
In his radio broadcast, Modi said India has achieved “unprecedented feat” in its inoculation drive but cautioned against the new variant of the virus.
The Prime Minister said India’s vaccination milestone shows the trust of every Indian in the system and scientists.
“This new Omicron variant is being constantly reviewed by our scientists. Every day they are getting new data and steps are being taken based on their suggestions,” PM Modi said.
“If we compare the vaccination figures of the world today with those of India, it feels that the country has handled such an unprecedented task. Crossing the 140 million vaccine dose mark is an achievement of each and every Indian.” he added
Modi on Saturday had announced that vaccination against Covid-19 for children aged between 15 and 18 will start from January 3, while “precaution dose” for healthcare and frontline workers would be administered from January 10. He had also said the precaution dose will also be available for citizens above 60 years and those with comorbidities on the advice of their doctor from January 10 next year.
‘Group Captain Varun Singh was an inspiration’
PM Modi also paid tribute to about Group Captain Varun Singh, who succumbed to injuries at a military hospital in Bengaluru last week after sustaining serious injuries in the chopper crash near Coonoor that killed CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 armed forces personnel.
The Prime Minister, in his address on Sunday, also talked about the air warrior’s inspiring letter to his school weeks after he was decorated with the Shaurya Chakra award for displaying exemplary composure and skill.
“When Group Captain Varun Singh was in the hospital, I saw something on social media that touched my heart. In August this year, he was awarded the Shaurya Chakra, after which, he had written a letter to his school principal.
“After reading that letter (written by Group Captain Varun Singh), the first thought that came into my mind was that he did not forget his roots despite touching the heights of success,” he said. “Varun Singh ji did not boast of his valour. Instead, he referred to his failures. He talked about how he converted his shortcomings into abilities,” he added.
India filled with innovative efforts to further swachhata’
PM Modi, in his Mann Ki Baat address also talked about cleanliness drive in the country, and said “India is filled with innovative efforts to further swachhata [cleanliness].”
“A start-up named ‘saafwater’ has been started by some youth. With the help of Artificial Intelligence and Internet, it will give provide information regarding the purity and quality of water in their area,” PM Modi said.
“When this cleanliness drive was started in the Department of Post, the junkyard there became completely empty. Now this junkyard has been turned into a courtyard and cafeteria,” he said.
He said departments under the Civil Aviation Ministry have started making organic compost from dry leaves falling from trees and organic waste. “This department is also working to make stationery from waste paper,” the Prime Minister added.
PM on Indian and global culture
The Prime Minister said it is our duty to preserve and popularise our culture. “It is equally gladdening to see global efforts that celebrate Indian culture,” he also said.
‘Let’s popularise habit of reading books’
PM Modi also said that we should popularise the habit of reading books.
“Let us make reading more popular. I urge you all to share which books you have read this year. This way you will help others make their reading list for 2022,” he said, adding “Taking pride in reading different books is appreciable.”
Besides, PM Modi, on his show, also talked about ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’, “innovative ways to mark Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”, a drone show held in Lucknow.
‘Mann ki Baat’ is the Prime Minister’s monthly radio address, which is broadcast on the last Sunday of every month. The programme is broadcast on the entire network of AIR and Doordarshan and also on AIR News and mobile app.
(With inputs from Agencies)

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